Originally created 05/24/00

Selig postpones owners' meeting



NEW YORK -- Apparently still searching for a consensus on a realignment plan, commissioner Bud Selig postponed the June owners' meetings.

Although dates never were finalized, Selig had been contemplating a meeting at Detroit on June 13-14. In a notice some owners received Tuesday, Selig didn't set a new date, saying only that the meeting would take place during the summer.

Under the realignment plan given the most attention, Arizona would move from the NL West to the AL West, Texas would move from the AL West to the AL Central and Tampa Bay would move the the AL East to the National League, which would realign into four four-team divisions with no wild card.

That would leave six four-team divisions and one six-team division -- the AL Central, which would have the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota and Texas. The White Sox, Twins and Royals have objected, saying it would be harder to reach the postseason.

In addition, Arizona wants to stay in the NL West.

Selig was traveling Tuesday and could not immediately be reached.

BORDAGARAY DIES:

Frenchy Bordagaray, who as a Brooklyn Dodger revived the mustache in major league baseball for a few months in 1935, has died. He was 90.

He died in a nursing home in Ventura, Calif., on April 13, his son, Christopher, said Tuesday from his office in Port Orchard, Wash.

Bordagary played 11 years in the majors with a lifetime batting average of .283.

But his lasting moment came during spring training in 1935 when he reported to camp with a mustache and goatee that he had grown for a bit part in the movie The Prisoner of Shark Island.

Though mustaches were common in the 1890s, the last player to wear one regularly had been Philadelphia Athletics catcher Wally Schang in 1914.

"I was making $3,000 a year playing baseball, so I figured I could at least have fun while I was not getting rich," Bordagaray said, according to The New York Times. "But after I had it about two months, manager Casey Stengel called me into the clubhouse and said, 'If anyone's going to be a clown on this club, it's going to be me."'

Bordagaray shaved it off and it would be three decades before facial hair would make another comeback.